Big Hearts Shop Small This Holiday Season

As Toronto dives into another month-long lockdown leading up to the holidays, a sure-fire way to bring cheer and good tidings in 2020 is to shop small and shop local.

Purchasing online from your local haunt literally makes a real live person not only do a happy dance but enables them to put food on the table for their family and keep their business up and running.

Here’s a roundup of some fantastic Toronto spots to support this holiday “lockdown” season.

Did you know that even if you don’t have any extra moola to spend, you can still #SHARELOVE by supporting their social channels – follow, like and share, and by leaving reviews on relevant platforms.

A little support and love can go a long way.

We Are We Are

 A quaint queen west hair salon. You can support all hairdressers during this time by purchasing gift cards for future appointments or products, or purchase from their online shop.


Adorable, made to order charcuterie boxes, boards and tables, make a perfect heartwarming and belly-filling gift. They even cater to Halal, gluten-free, vegetarian, keto, and vegan lifestyles!


Beautifully baked, Canadian milled bread ready for pickup. Or if you’re sharpening your bread making skills during the lockdown, you can order their organic milled products to make your very own.

Common Ground

Mental health and physical health are inextricably linked, so why not support your mind and body AND personal trainers this year by jumping on on-demand workouts, or giving them as a gift. You and your recipient can also join the 21 day Sleigh the Holiday virtual challenge to stay accountable even during a lockdown.


One of our fave retail spots on queen street west, Kotn provides ethically sourced and made quality essentials. From quality linens to exquisitely crafted comfortable basics, you don’t have to look far to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.


Black-owned environmental wellness care products, featuring gorgeous hand-poured candles made in Toronto. Scents range from holiday favourites, aptly named “Sweater Weather” and “woodland Euphoria” to something a little more classic for year-round like “Resilience”. Which may just be the nail on the head for what we developed this past year in 2020.

Jonah’s Box

Who doesn’t love a luxurious, curated self-care box? That sounds like exactly what we need right now. Delivered straight to your giftee’s door, or if you’re feeling cheeky, and in need of some R&R for yourself, why not order one straight to your very own door.

Ripe Nutrition

Give the gift of beautifully made warming broths and hot sauces this holiday season. Or, if you need a quick pick-me-up, grab some for yourself and become your own broth master. Pick up and delivery available.

Over the Rainbow

It’s never too early or too late to find the perfect pair of well-fitted jeans. From the newest, latest and greatest, to old faithful, this unique shop has it all. They even have adorable gifting options for the ever on-trend fashionista in your life.